Frances Bass Lee, 88, died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, of multiple complications at Emory University Hospital. Born Oct. 26, 1923, in Brantley, Ala., Mrs Lee moved to the Atlanta area with her husband in 1954. She graduated from Troy State Teachers College in 1945, and earned Master’s and Six-year degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia in the 1960’s.
Her career in education was spent primarily with the Clayton County School System, where she served for more than 30 years at Forest Park High School as a senior English teacher, guidance counselor. After retirement, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. She was a lifetime member of the PTA and a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Clayton County. As a teacher, she directed one-act plays, coached the debate team and supervised spelling bees, winning many statewide awards in all categories.
She insisted on the highest standards in education. Teaching Shakespeare, she engaged the most reluctant students, who referred to her as “Lady MacBeth.” She was a strong woman with enormous personal power, who always exhibited grace under pressure, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
As a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park, Mrs. Lee had an unshakable faith in God. Until two weeks before her death, she prayed every night on her knees at her bedside before sleeping. She was preceded in death by her mother, Fannie Lou Tuck, her father, R.C. Bass, and her brother, Charles Rudolph Bass.
She is survived by her husband, Emmett Lloyd Lee; daughter, Georgia Lee, and two grand children, Miles Lee Perry and Savannah Morgan Lee Perry. She was fiercely devoted to, and cherished by, her family, who looked to her as a constant source of wisdom and comfort. She was beloved by numerous friends and colleagues.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, May 7, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Forest Park, 634 Main Street in Forest Park, Ga., with Dr. Reed Crumbliss officiating. Internment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors Sunday, May 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Thomas Scroggs Funeral Directors, located at 6362 South Lee Street, Morrow, Ga.
Flowers are welcome, as are contributions to First Baptist Church, or the charity of your choice. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828, www.thomasscroggsfuneraldirectors.com.